August 19, 2018

Meet Catalonia’s powerful independence lobbyists (Punch)

Meet Catalonia’s powerful independence lobbyists (Punch)

In Catalonia’s separatist crisis, two pro-independence citizens’ groups have emerged as powerful players, their 100,000-plus members giving them a strong influence on regional politics.

On Monday, Jordi Cuixart, the head of Omnium Cultural, and Jordi Sanchez, the leader of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), are due in Madrid for questioning by a judge.

They are accused of “sedition” over protests in Barcelona last month.

Crowds of protesters stopped national police from leaving a regional government building they were searching as part of a crackdown on a banned independence referendum. Read more

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